At 01:05 PM 5/9/98 +0100, Bunt wrote:
>The smaller the enclosure in which we listen the more critical is the
>position of a head. Treble frequency sounds are reflected from the walls or
>from objects in the enclosure and the timbre of music changes with
>different proportions of high frequencies that reach the ears. Slight
>turning of the head brings up different bunches of high harmonics. For
>comparison of one harpsichord with another, stand at the bentside; This
>position is chosen also for a recording microphone and gives a minimum of
>reflected sound compared with the direct sound from the instrument.
This leads to a question which I had been intending to ask for some time:
are there opinions out there regarding optimum room acoustics for
harpsichord playing/listening? I am mostly interested in the "at-home"
context, rather than the concert hall. The reason I am asking is that the
shop I am building will be used for voicing, where ambient acoustics will
clearly play a role, and it occurs to me that I might even like the peace
and quiet of that environment for extended playing, as compared to trying to
play in the midst of the usual hubbub in the house. But it occurs to me
also that the environment will be very "live" compared to the usual carpeted
space with overstuffed furniture. Should I do something to make it more
"dead" acoustically? Or is "live" maybe better?